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What is Depression?

Depression is an illness that takes hold of the mind. It is characterized by low self-esteem, feelings of helplessness, sadness, guilt and ideas of death. Depression is an illness that is a presistent reccurence of sad and helpless feelings. Many people react to depression by removing themselves from the world through a lack of activity.

There are many different theories as to what the causes of depression are, most of which will vary from person to person. Biological and genetic factors, environmental factors, childhood experiences, psychological and other traumatic events all are theories as to the cause of depression. Genetic/Family influence is where the persistency of depression in the family creates a susceptibility for others in the family to developing depression. Environmental factors refer to the situation a person finds him/her self in. For example a couple going through a bitter custody battle would encounter stress along the way, and the response to that stress and to the situation can result in a higher tendency to develop depression. Psychological influence is how a person thinks or is thought to think about themselves. For example a person who is often called 'stupid' or 'dumb' by his/her boss may begin to think that way. This itself, or combined with other factors, can lead to depressive thoughts and/or clinical depression.



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